Moon & Stars (Van Doren) Watermelon
- Oval fruits grow to 15 inches long
- Fruits are covered with pea-sized bright yellow “stars” and usually one larger “moon”
- Spotted foliage
- Sweet pink flesh with brown seeds
- 90-95 days
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
The 15" dark green oval fruits are covered with pea-sized, bright yellow "stars" and usually one larger "moon". Foliage is also spotted. The fruits have sweet pink flesh and brown seeds. This watermelon created a sensation in 1981 when Merle Van Doren of Macon, Missouri shared this legendary variety with SSE. 90-95 days.
Learn to Grow Moon & Stars (Van Doren) Watermelon
Direct Seed: 1/2" Deep
Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
Thin: To 3-4 Plants
Light: Full Sun
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 8' apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 4 weeks before transplanting out. Watermelons love heat and prefer sandy or light-textured soils.
Ratings & Reviews
by Lazy K
Poor germination. Pre-sprouted with very low germination.
I am so excited about these watermelons. I have 2 larger ones on now and several babies. I Have a bit to go before they are ripe.
Poor germination, but hopeful!
Direct seeded 24 seeds and had 4 germinate. Good flowering and now have 5 watermelons across the 4 vines.
Reliable, tasty, and fun!
I've been growing this cultivar for several years in NE Ohio and it's consistently performed well. Had a bout of powdery mildew in the garden a couple years in a row but this one seemed unaffected. Good flavor and the spotted vines & fruit always attract attention in the market. The large "moon" spots seem sparse some years. We give these a head start indoors before the season starts for more production.